“Gutenberg” is a codename for a whole new paradigm for creating with WordPress, that aims to revolutionize the entire publishing experience as much as Johannes Gutenberg did the printed word. The project is following a four-phase process that will touch major pieces of WordPress — Editing, Customization, Collaboration, and Multilingual.

Following the introduction of post block editing in December 2018, Gutenberg later introduced full site editing (FSE) in 2021, which shipped with WordPress 5.9 in early 2022.

What Does Gutenberg Do?

Gutenberg is WordPress’s “block editor”, and introduces a modular approach to modifying your entire site. Edit individual content blocks on posts or pages. Add and adjust widgets. Even design your site headers, footers, and navigation with full site editing support.

Each piece of content in the editor, from a paragraph to an image gallery to a headline, is its own block. And just like physical blocks, WordPress blocks can be added, arranged, and rearranged, allowing users to create media-rich content and site layouts in a visually intuitive way — and without workarounds like shortcodes or custom HTML and PHP.

We’re always hard at work refining the experience, creating more and better blocks, and laying the groundwork for future phases of work. Each WordPress release includes stable features from the Gutenberg plugin, so you don’t need to install the plugin to benefit from the work being done here.

Early Access

Are you a tech-savvy early adopter who likes testing bleeding-edge and experimental features, and isn’t afraid to tinker with features that are still in active development? If so, this beta plugin gives you access to the latest Gutenberg features for block and full site editing, as well as a peek into what’s to come.

Contributors Wanted

For the adventurous and tech-savvy, the Gutenberg plugin gives you the latest and greatest feature set, so you can join us in testing and developing bleeding-edge features, playing around with blocks, and maybe get inspired to contribute or build your own blocks.

Discover More

  • User Documentation: Review the WordPress Editor documentation for detailed instructions on using the editor as an author to create posts, pages, and more.

  • Developer Documentation: Explore the Developer Documentation for extensive tutorials, documentation, and API references on how to extend the editor.

  • Contributors: Gutenberg is an open-source project and welcomes all contributors from code to design, from documentation to triage. See the Contributor’s Handbook for all the details on how you can help.

The development hub for the Gutenberg project can be found at Discussions for the project are on the Make Core Blog and in the #core-editor channel in Slack, including weekly meetings. If you don’t have a Slack account, you can sign up here.


How can I send feedback or get help with a bug?

The best place to report bugs, feature suggestions, or any other feedback is at the Gutenberg GitHub issues page. Before submitting a new issue, please search the existing issues to check if someone else has reported the same feedback.

While we try to triage issues reported here on the plugin forum, you’ll get a faster response (and reduce duplication of effort) by keeping feedback centralized in GitHub.

Do I have to use the Gutenberg plugin to get access to these features?

Not necessarily. Each version of WordPress after 5.0 has included features from the Gutenberg plugin, which are known collectively as the WordPress Editor. You are likely already benefitting from stable features!

But if you want cutting edge beta features, including more experimental items, you will need to use the plugin. You can read more here to help decide whether the plugin is right for you.

Where can I see which Gutenberg plugin versions are included in each WordPress release?

View the Versions in WordPress document to get a table showing which Gutenberg plugin version is included in each WordPress release.

What’s next for the project?

The four phases of the project are Editing, Customization, Collaboration, and Multilingual. You can hear more about the project and phases from Matt in his State of the Word talks for 2021, 2020, 2019, and 2018. Additionally, you can follow the biweekly release notes and monthly project plan updates on the Make WordPress Core blog for more up to date information about what’s happening now.

Where can I read more about Gutenberg?


May 15, 2022
Gutenberg provides much more flexibility and is easier for those who are new to WordPress to use. Anything you can do in Classic, you can do in Gutenberg, even if you have to learn some new ways of doing things, and I look forward to it continuing to improve.
May 15, 2022
I am all in for Gutenberg. It is the future, but while thee entire platform is bug free, Gutenberg has some HUGE bugs. Frequent screen freeze, blocks becoming unresponsive. Clicking on the block does not open anything. Even the navigator is unable to open the block in its editing mode. Happened with Text and columns native blocks. FSE is not a full scale. Custom Post type, taxonomy templating missing. We still have to use hacks in header.php and footer.php templates to load the gutenberg header/footers.
May 19, 2022
I will be adding to this review as I continue using Gutenberg with a Full Site Editing theme May 11, 2022 Such a barren peace of software. The interface is plain ugly. I guess it's okay for writing content, but as a page builder, it's like a cruel joke. There aren't any controls in the widgets. You can't make the design you want to. Apparently, if you switch the theme, your design gets destroyed. My takeaway is that, there should be a different interface for building pages and writing content. So you're gonna want to install an extension / addon to build pages. And you better not be reading this review in an Alan Rickman voice! May 12, 2022 It's not a WYSIWYG editor. Because What You See in the editor Is NOT What You Get on the webpage. The editor only gives a rough estimate of the layout, which is completely bonkers for a page builder in the 21st century, that was reworked from the ground up and comes out after Elementor, Bricks, Beaver Builder, Divi, Oxygen, Brizy, Visual Composer... It's like the Gutenberg developers have never seen a page builder before, during or after working on this project. The editor doesn't pink up the CSS from the stylesheets. No fonts, colors, spacing... Which is funny, cause there is an option under preferences: Use theme styles. Make the editor look like your theme. I'm starting to view it more as a really advanced MCE editor. It is easier to hand code the page, than to create it in Gutenberg May 19, 2022 Finally wrapped my head around this software. The Block Editor / Gutenberg is and should remain this advanced content editing tool. As a page builder, it should remain basic and a foundation that third party developers can extend into different types of page builders. I am not giving it 5 stars, because the page preview in the editor is not an exact replica of what the webpage will look like.
May 10, 2022
Not being able to change permalinks, not being able to show highlighed image, reusable blocks dont work. Not even with default theme and everything up to date.. It has been 3-4 years and it is still so poor... stop pushing this nonsense please.
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Contributors & Developers

“Gutenberg” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.


“Gutenberg” has been translated into 53 locales. Thank you to the translators for their contributions.

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To read the changelog for the latest Gutenberg release, please navigate to the release page.